Golden Gems

“All pets love unconditionally, but older ones love more deeply. They’ve been around the block a few times, and they’ve seen the best and worst of humanity. They know when they’ve found a good thing - and they’ll spend their remaining years thanking you.” - Tamar Love Grande

The benefits of owning a "Golden Gem" (senior age 8-10 or Golden Oldie age 11+) are wonderful. Many people are hesitant to give a "Gem" a good home because they think they're "too old" and will die soon. Golden Gem ownership is filled with rewards and daily joys young dogs can't/don't provide until they're older! Some of the common misconceptions about older dogs are addressed below. Please review these and see if a GRR older dog could be right for you!

"They won't live very long"

Well, they are older but they don't necessarily die sooner. The average life span of a Golden Retriever is 10-14 years. Getting a young dog can be a 10-15 year commitment. Adopting a Golden Gem cuts that commitment in half. Many people find they have significant life changes planned in the next 7-10 years: kids leaving for college, retirement, major/overseas travel plans, change of job, finishing education, change of residence, etc. Adopting a Golden Gem makes sense in these situations.

"We can't stand to lose one so soon"

Seniors may be with you less time than a puppy, but those years will be no less important, special or loving. Many people who adopt seniors eventually get a second, younger dog to lessen the impact of their Golden Gems' eventual death. Many already have a younger one and are willing to open their hearts and homes to a needy "Gem" to provide it with a great rest of its life. "'Tis better to have loved a Golden Oldie and lost him... than to have never had one at all."

"The kids need a puppy to grow up with"

Children do great with older dogs. First of all, a Golden Gem is grown and ready to play the minute he/she comes home. Second, a Golden Gem is past the jumpy, mouthy, rowdy phases that frighten many children. Third, Golden Gems are less pushy and demanding and much more tolerant of little ones who don't always know how to be gentle. How many 2-3 year old dogs would lie quietly for an hour being the "patient" while their kids play doctor or lovingly and dutifully attend a tea party without eating all the snacks and leveling the table? Lastly, death is a part of life. Children learn about the life cycle very effectively through the loss of pets. Most children are content to have had a great time with a pet while it was alive and then take comfort in the knowledge it has gone to a better place.

"They won't play"

Older does not mean dead. Gems romp and play with the best of the youngster with one great advantage: they know when to quit! Most love to play AND, unlike youngsters who think life is a 24-hour playtime, appreciate their quiet time afterward!

"They won't bond"

Goldens bond at any age, period. Whether eight weeks or eight years old, they love their masters. One of the great thing about goldens is their resilience to change. They live to please their humans and getting new ones is great fun at any age!

"They're too old to learn new tricks"

This is a huge misconception. Adult dogs are physically and emotionally mature and in fact learn much quicker than the young counterparts. Golden Gems have learned that pleasing the humans and earning a spot at their feet it the greatest thing in the world. They especially love to do whatever will keep them in good graces at their masters' side.

"They get crotchety in their old age"

Golden Gems are the nicest dogs you will ever own. Goldens age like fine wine, the older they get, the cuter they become. Older goldens generally love younger dogs and have actually been reported to help raise the youngsters into fine upstanding adults.

"They'll have health problems and be too expensive"

Consider the cost of the first two years of owning a puppy: all the shots, exams, sicknesses, genetic problems they might develop, things they chew and destroy, cost of spay/neuter, toys, multiple size collars and leashes, training classes, etc., and it adds up quickly. Golden Gems are healthy, non-destructive and wise. Yes, they can have health problems late in life, and there is no way to avoid these expenses if they crop up. But, they are the same expenses any owner would face in the later years of any dogs' life!

With a Golden Gem "what you see is what you get". They are past most of the health and/or temperament problems that can be devastating in younger dogs. They are through the puppy and goofball phases of their lives and have earned their golden days in the sun. Can you help one spend his/her golden years in happiness?

"Adoption fee?"

Effective February 15, 2023, the adoption fee for dogs age 8 – 10 years is $350, and for dogs age 11 years or older is $250.

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